Utes in the Pros: Week 17 Preview, Week 16 Recap
SALT LAKE CITY – Week 17 of the NFL season features no Thursday Night Football and a Sunday slate full of crucial games with playoff implications. Only two playoff berths are still available in the NFC while the AFC still has six with nine teams in contention.
Terrell Burgess, Matt Gay and the LA Rams (11-4) have clinched a playoff spot but will have a tough game on their hands visiting Tyler Huntley and a hungry Baltimore Ravens team on Sunday. The Ravens (8-7) are still on the outside looking in and could use some help from the AFC leading Kansas City Chiefs who will be taking on the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals (9-6).
Eric Rowe and the Miami Dolphins (8-7) continue their winning streak stretching it to seven games. The Dolphins have had a roller coaster season and are now the first team ever to lose seven games straight and turn it around with a seven-game winning streak. The Dolphins travel to Tennessee (10-5) on Sunday in a pivotal AFC matchup. The game is set to kick at 11 a.m. MT and will be aired on CBS.
|Date||Game||Time (MT)||TV||Utes to Watch|
|Sun, Jan. 2||Philadelphia at Washington||11 a.m.||FOX||#50 Nate Orchard (Washington)|
|Sun, Jan. 2||LA Rams at Baltimore||11 a.m.||FOX||#2 Tyler Huntley (Baltimore)|
|#26 Terrell Burgess (LA Rams)|
|#8 Matt Gay (LA Rams)|
|Sun, Jan. 2||Tampa Bay at NY Jets||11 a.m.||FOX||#40 Javelin Guidry (NY Jets)|
|Sun, Jan. 2||Miami at Tennessee||11 a.m.||CBS||#21 Eric Rowe (Miami)|
|Sun, Jan. 2||LV Raiders at Indianapolis||11 a.m.||FOX||#78 Jackson Barton (LV Raiders)|
|Sun, Jan. 2||NY Giants at Chicago||11 a.m.||CBS||#33 Jaylon Johnson (Chicago)|
|#28 Devontae Booker (NY Giants)|
|Sun, Jan. 2||Atlanta at Buffalo||11 a.m.||FOX||#20 Zack Moss (Buffalo)|
|#98 Star Lotulelei (Buffalo)|
|Sun, Jan. 2||Denver at LA Chargers||2:05 p.m.||CBS||#81 Tim Patrick (Denver)|
|#72 Garett Bolles (Denver)|
|Sun, Jan. 2||Detroit at Seattle||2:25 p.m.||FOX||#57 Cody Barton (Seattle)|
|#98 John Penisini (Detroit)|
|Sun, Jan. 2||Arizona at Dallas||2:25 p.m.||FOX||#95 Leki Fotu (Arizona)|
Week 16 Recap
Four former Utes started for their respective teams in week 16. Former Ute defensive tackle Leki Fotu earned his third career start for the Arizona Cardinals. Fotu had his best game of the season totaling five tackles in the Cardinals loss to the Indianapolis Colts at home on Christmas.
Javelin Guidry had himself an afternoon finishing with seven tackles to give 43 on the season in the Jets win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Matt Gay continues his Pro Bowl level play going 3-3 in extra points and 3-3 in field goals to contribute to the Rams win over the Minnesota Vikings. Gay is having a career year only missing one field goal in 32 attempts (31-32, 96.88%) and is 4-4 in kicks 50 yards or more this year.
NFL Week 16 Stats
|Cody Barton, Seattle||vs. Chicago||L, 25-24||1 tackle|
|Francis Bernard, Dallas||vs. Washington||W, 56-14||
Played at LB
|Garett Bolles, Denver||at Las Vegas Raiders||L, 17-13||Started at LT|
|Devontae Booker, NY Giants||at Philadelphia||L, 34-10||6 rush, 27 yds, 4 rec, 19 yds|
|Terrell Burgess, LA Rams||at Minnesota||W, 30-23||Played at FS|
|Leki Fotu, Arizona||vs. Indianapolis||L, 22-16||Started at DT; 5 tackles|
|Matt Gay, LA Rams||at Minnesota||W, 30-23||3-3 FG, LNG 32, 3-3 XP|
|Javelin Guidry, NY Jets||vs. Jacksonville||W, 26-21||7 tackles, 1 PD|
|Zack Moss, Buffalo||at New England||W, 33-21||3 rush, 12 yds, 1 rec, 13 yds|
|Tim Patrick, Denver||at Las Vegas Raiders||L, 17-13||Started at WR; 2 rec, 18yds|
|John Penisini, Detroit||at Atlanta||L, 20-16||1 tackles|
|Eric Rowe, Miami||at New Orleans||W, 20-3||1 tackles|
|Marcus Williams, New Orleans||vs. Miami||L, 20-3||Started at FS; 3 tackles|
|Mitch Wishnowsky, San Francisco||at Tennessee||L, 20-17||2 punts, 70 yds (35 avg), LNG 40, 1 in 20|